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The Electoral Petition In The Supreme Court,Our View

As usual Ghanaians are divided as to the importance of the Petition on the  result of  2012 Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in Ghana. To the inhibited, there is no way that  Elections would be declared free and fair by the International community for the loser to contest the results in  court. However,as much as it is the wish of everybody in civil society that what is free and fair to the outsider could  be the same to the electorate in Ghana, we think it is good for our emerging democracy that they should be allowed to demonstrate to the country why the elections were not as the international say.

Many wars have been fought in the past about elections that were declared free and fair by the whole world but the citizens saw it differently. In Liberia we all know the aftermath of elections in that country.  Charles Taylor who refused to accept that Master Sergeant Doe should be president and the civil war that went on,should open our eyes to the reality that :Free and Fair does not mean that because those in the long queues were orderly and disciplined to wait their turn to wait and vote in peace there was free and fair. Free and Fair should mean that  there was equal opportunities for all the parties to participate in the elections without any undue advantage to any party including the party in power.

Where incumbency does not play any part in elections but the organisation of such elections were conducted according to rules governing them,there would never be a case that the loser would seek redress in the court. I will  say let the NPP’s case in the supreme court be addresses in  fairness to enhance the image of elections in Ghana.

Started Ghanamindset in 2011 purposely to help our Ghanaian society have a better view of appreciating that mediocrity has never built and develop any nation. We have this layback attitude that we always think,when something is going wrong, " I am not responsible to fix it". There are many instances that we could have applied common sense to tackle a situation but our laissez-faire attitude would let us walk past unconcerned. Born and educated in Ghana in 1952 and currently living in the UK.

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